Books about reproductive health, Fertility Awareness, and Natural Family Planning

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Garden of Fertility Book CoverHonoring Our CyclesIn her books, The Garden of Fertility (2004) and Honoring Our Cycles (2006), Katie Singerintroduces Fertility Awareness (also called Natural Family Planning).With these methods, a woman who charts her temperature and cervical mucus can know when she is fertile and infertile. A woman who charts her fertility signs can also know whether she is ovulating or miscarrying. You can learn remedies for problems like Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and fertility.

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Bove, N.D., Mary, An Encyclopedia of Natural Healing for Children and Infants, Keats, 2001. A comprehensive, reader-friendly book by a woman who's a naturopath, herbalist, and mother. Dr. Bove describes how to strengthen young immune systems, manage allergies, and avoid the damaging overuse of antibiotics. The book features an A-to-Z compilation of more than 50 common childhood ailments, and offers parents help in taking an active role in their children's health.

Castro, Miranda, Homeopathy for Pregnancy, Birth and Your Baby's First Year, St. Martin's, 1993. An excellent resource.

Crawford, Amanda McQuade, Herbal Remedies for Women, Prima, 1997. This excellent book offers clear descriptions and herbal formulas for an array of gynecological imbalances, including menstrual migraines, fibroids, ovarian cysts, cervical dysplasia, and sexually transmitted infections. See also The Herbal Menopause Book, published by The Crossing Press.

Gladstar, Rosemary, Herbal Healing for Women, Fireside, 1993. A classic presentation of how to make herbal teas, salves, pills, and tinctures to address PMS, skin problems, endometriosis, vaginal infections, pregnancy, and menopause. Gladstar has written several excellent books. Gladstar is also the founder of United Plant Savers (, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation and cultivation of at-risk medicinal plants.

Green, James, The Male Herbal: Health Care for Men & Boys, The Crossing Press, 1991. This excellent book begins with a chapter called "Where is the Male Medicine of Folk Wisdom? Or, Why Can't I Call a Guynecologist?" It provides rarely-presented info about male physiology in an accessible tone, along with herbal remedies for prostate problems, impotence, and infertility to diabetes, skin problems, and more.

Herscu, N.D., Paul, The Homeopathic Treatment of Children, 1991. Focuses on eight homeopathic remedies which address nearly 80% of an average pediatric practice. Herscu and Amy Rothenberg direct the New England School of Homeopathy.

Kaptchuk, OMD, Ted, The Web That Has No Weaver, Contemporary Books, 2000. A classic, comprehensive guide to the theory and practice of Chinese medicine.

Lockie, Dr. Andrew, The Family Guide to Homeopathy, Fireside, 1993. An excellent introduction to homeopathy.

Naish, Francesca & Janette Roberts, Healthy Parents, Better Babies: A Couples Guide to Natural Preconception Health Care, The Crossing Press, 1999. Naish and Roberts, a naturopath and a nutritionist, outline how preconception health care can help you not only to conceive, but to carry a healthy pregnancy to term. Their excellent book is packed with information about detoxifying, clearing genito-urinary infections, nutrients for better babies, and more. This is a wonderful book for anyone who wants to strengthen her gynecological health with non-pharmaceutical remedies.

Soule, Deb, A Woman's Book of Herbs, Kensington, 1995. This beautifully written book offers herbal remedies for everything from PMS to chronic vaginal infections, anemia, emotional and sexual abuse, osteoporosis, and for supporting pregnancy and labor. Deb Soule is the founder of Avena Botanicals, an herbal apothecary in Maine which specializes in organically grown remedies for women, travelers and pets.

Tierra, Lesley, A Kid's Herb Book, Robert Reed Publishers, 2000. Connecting with the earth (i.e. through herbs) is a great way for children of all ages to begin learning the principles of Fertility Awareness! This outstanding book explains differences between herbs and weeds; gives recipes for making flower vinegar, compost, and simple medicinal teas; lists novels for kids who love herbs, and more. Tierra and her husband, Michael, are well known herbalists who've written numerous books for adults as well. Lesley is also an acupuncturist.

Weed, Susun, New Menopausal Years The Wise Woman Way: Alternative Approaches for Women 30 -90, Ash Tree Publishing, 2002. Susun Weed is one of our leading herbalists. Her new book includes a chapter on fertility after forty, and information about attending to menstrual cramps, thyroid problems, vaginal dryness and more, naturally. This is a beautiful, thoughtful book, packed with resources. Susun's 1986 book, Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year, is still a wonderful classic. For articles on herbs for fertility, visit

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